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Johannesburg Sightseeing & Soweto Cycle Tour

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Duration: 7 - 8 hours
Price per person
$118.00
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  • Cycling is a great way to explore Soweto
  • Get bird′s-eye views of the city from the top of the Carlton Centre
  • Learn about the country′s history at the Apartheid Museum
  • Enjoy a traditional lunch
  • Ride down Vilakazi Street past the sites of the 1976 student uprisings
  • Visit a local shebeen bar
  • Easy cycling at a relaxed pace

Discover the stories and the people who make up the vibrant history of Johannesburg on this fascinating tour.

The adventure begins at the soaring Carlton Centre, where you’ll see spectacular views from the 50th floor. Then take a bus tour of some city sights with a stop at the Apartheid Museum.

Enjoy a lunch of local specialties in Soweto before jumping on a bike to explore the streets of this colorful neighborhood.

Cycle past historic landmarks of the 1976 student uprisings and visit the memorial to Hector Pieterson, a young student tragically killed while protesting against apartheid.

Pedal down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela once lived and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home.

End this unique Johannesburg tour at a local shebeen bar, to enjoy a drink, play a game of pool and perhaps dance to the rhythm of kwaito music.

Itinerary

For your Soweto Sightseeing & Cycle Tour you will be collected from your hotel in the morning. An English-speaking guide will go with you on this fascinating excursion.

The fun starts at the Carlton Centre in downtown Johannesburg. At 223 metres (732 feet) it is the tallest office building in Africa. You’ll ascend to the 50th floor to see stunning views of the city.

Next, climb aboard a bus for a sightseeing tour, stopping at the Apartheid Museum to learn more about South Africa’s recent history.

Arrive in Soweto in time for lunch, and enjoy local specialties at a buzzing restaurant. With full tummies it’s time to jump onboard a bike to explore the streets of this colorful, multi-cultural neighborhood.

Soweto may sound like an African name, but the word was originally an acronym for "South Western Townships". A product of apartheid planning, Soweto was created to house mainly black labourers who worked in the mines and other industries. From its early days, Soweto was a center for anti-apartheid campaigns. The 1976 student uprising, also known as the Soweto Uprisings, began in Soweto and spread from there to the rest of the country.

More than 3 million people call Soweto home, and they speak all of the 11 official languages of South Africa. Why not pick up a few common phrases to greet people with while riding through the streets?

Explore some of the most famous locations, listen to the stories and discover the people that make this area the vibrant place it is today. Drop into a former male migrant workers’ hostel to learn about the realities of life here.

Continue on to Meadowlands, made famous when families were forcibly removed from Sophiatown to this town in the 1950s. Cycle past the historical landmarks of the 1970s student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old student who was tragically killed in 1976.

Cycle down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela used to live and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home. After the 2-hour cycle tour you will board your vehicle again and will be taken to a local shebeen bar, where you can enjoy a drink (payable direct), play pool or even dance.

At the end of the day-long excursion you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Please note
Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour for reconfirming departure details.

Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.

Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.

Voucher information: No need to print! If you are travelling with a smartphone or tablet you can present your voucher on your device for this activity.
Inclusions
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Transportation
  • 2-hour Cycle Tour
  • English-speaking guide
  • Helmet
  • Lunch (local cuisine), plus water
  • Entrance fees to Apartheid Museum
Exclusions
  • Additional food and beverages
What happens after I book?
  • A booking voucher will be sent to you by email
  • Print all pages of the voucher
  • Present the voucher at the tour start point or attraction entrance
Activity schedule
When does it run?
Daily except Monday
Duration
7 - 8 hours
Start time
0800h (08:00am)
Meeting point
Your hotel in central Johannesburg.
(Please mention your hotel details at the time of booking. If you do not have this information now, please contact the local activity operator 24 hours prior to the start of the tour with these details.)
Ending point
You will be dropped off back at your hotel.
Sale price
$123.23
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Additional information
The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides, a tip – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it is of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many destinations. Please consider this when budgeting for your extra expenses on this tour.
Dos & Don'ts
Dress standards are conservative throughout Africa. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means covering shoulders and no short shorts. We recommend a mixture of loose, lightweight clothing and warm clothing for the evenings. Shorts should be knee-length. Singlets and tank tops are not suitable

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